Jannik Hansen gets one-game suspension for Hossa incident

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Brendan Shanahan ruled based on the "carelessness" of the play.

After Jannik Hansen's brutal elbow to the head of Marian Hossa yesterday, you had to know that the NHL would make a swift decision on his punishment.

They did, and it's about what everyone expected:

NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan explained his ruling in the video below:


To summarize:

  • Shanahan admits that both players were reaching for the puck, but at a certain point Jannik Hansen gave up this pursuit and changed his intentions.
  • Shanahan makes a distinction between the two fists of the players. Hossa's hand remained open and ready to catch the puck, while Hansen's hand closed into a fist as he struck Hossa.

Shanahan's ruling:

While all of this may occur in a split second, we feel that the carelessness and the force with which the blow was delivered elevate this incident to the level of supplemental discipline.

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